Hello from Southern Oklahoma. Both OFBA Youth Trapping Camps were a great success and blessed with very good weather for December and January. The Lake Carl Blackwell Camp had 85 people there for lunch on Saturday. We had 36 kids sign up for camp. There were lots of mom’s and dad’s present. There were a lot of excited kids going home with a lot of memories, fur and trapping supplies. 2 bobcats, 2 coyotes, beavers, coons, opossums and a skunk were caught. A big thanks goes out to the camp cooks that kept everyone feed and happy. They were Rhonda and David Marsh, Dana Wyskup, and Pam Waggoner. Instructors were Gary Jarman, Brad Thomure, Shannon Sheffert, Noah Smith, Terry Waggoner, Evan Crosby, Dale and Ayden Cyson, Katie Wyskup, Tom Mitchell and R.C. Edgar. Larry Barnes, longtime trapper and OFBA member, donated all his trapping equipment to the kids at this camp. Everybody received some type of trapping equipment or fur handling equipment. The OFBA would like to thank Larry for his generosity to help the kids. We also had Richard Thornburg with us Saturday. Richard donated over a thousand CD’s on predator calling. We gave away a lot of these and most people donated money to the Youth Camp. Thanks, Richard, for your help with Youth Camp. The OFBA presented plaques to both Larry Barnes and Richard Thornburg for their generosity. Jerrod Davis, Fur Biologist, from the ODWC was there to help answer questions and give updates on the fur bearers of Oklahoma. We also had Kelly Adams, Information Specialist from the ODWC taking pictures of Youth Camp. This was one of the biggest camps that we have had in a long time.
This was the first time for the OFBA to have a Youth Trapping Camp at Lake Waurika. I would like to thank Allen Harper with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for all his help with getting the area for the kids to trap on. We had Jerrod Davis, Michael Taylor and Matt Farris from the ODWC. They talked about trapping regulations and the fur bearers in our state. There were 24 kids signed up for the Youth Trapping Camp. Lots of moms and dads came with their kids. Lunch Saturday had about 52 people attending. The camp went very well, and we are expecting many more camps there. 3 bobcats, 2 coyotes, 1 beaver and many coons, skunks, and opossums were caught. Lots of memories were made and a lot of fur will be tanned. We had Makenzie Burk from Channel 7 News out of Lawton come over and eat lunch with us. She will be running a video of the Youth Camp. We are very pleased to have Makenzie to help us promote the youth and trapping in our great state. A big thanks goes out to the Camp Cooks that kept everyone fed. They were Dana and Katie Wyskup, and Rhonda and David Marsh. These people always go above and beyond to help make Youth Camp Great. Our Instructors were Gary Jarman, Shannon Sheffert, Noah Smith, Mike Bond, Jeff Jones, and R.C. Edgar. We met Jeff Jones at the NTA in Springfield Missouri and we were talking about youth camp. He was very interested in what we were doing for the kids and wanted to help. Jeff came up from Texas to help. We hope to see him again. The kids got to try some fried bobcat that turned out very good. I encourage anyone that wants to help at the Youth Camps to get in touch with any of the directors or officers. We would appreciate your help. Both camps had some of the best weather we have had to trap in.
The Spring Meeting will be March 6, 2020. That is the Friday night before the Fur Sale. We will setup the building Friday afternoon starting around 4:00 pm. Please contact Gary Jarman at 405-207-4840 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673.
The OFBA fur sale will be March 7, 2020 at the Okmulgee Fair Grounds. The doors will open at 7:00 am and the sale will start at 9:00 am. You will need to contact John Weygandt at 918-645-5667 to get your sellers number. Only carcass animals allowed will be Bobcats. All other animals you can sell stretched or green. Be sure that they are thawed before the sale.
Twin Bridges Trapperman 12th year spoonbill weekend will be March 20 and 21 2020. Friday night there will be a fish fry. Saturday dirthole contest and some nice prizes for the winners. We have shelter 3 reserved and paid for so that we will have a roof over our heads. We need RSVP as soon as possible so that we know how much we need for the main course. Please bring a side dish to help out at the meals. As you know this event is paid for by donations to be raffled off Saturday so bring your trap related items. Cash donation are welcomed also. Please contact Cletis Richards at 417-529-1060 or Brad Thomure at 918-944-8673. Hope to see you all there.
Remember to share some time with the kids helping to get them into trapping as they are our future.